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13 Mar 2017

Hefty fines and costs for blue badge frauds

Two fraudsters pleaded guilty to abusing the use of blue badges for disabled people, paying a combined total of nearly £3,000 in fines and costs.

The pair, from Cheshunt and Waltham Cross, admitted to displaying blue badges not belonging to them at St Albans Magistrates' Court on Wednesday March 1.

Majinder Singh, 37, from Waltham Cross, parked in a disabled bay in Lynton Parade in Cheshunt on September 30 last year, displaying a blue badge belonging to his disabled wife, who was not there at the time. He was ordered to pay a fine of £500 and investigation costs of £500.

Adam Rozbicki, 38, from Cheshunt, displayed a blue badge belonging to his disabled father on the same day while he visited the Laura Trott Leisure Centre. He landed a fine of £800 and was ordered to pay investigation costs of £1,049.

Chris Hayward, cabinet member for resources, said: "The blue badge is for the sole use of the person named on it and must only be displayed if the badge holder is travelling in the vehicle as a driver, or passenger, or if someone is collecting them or dropping them off.

"Abuse of the blue badge scheme is unfair on genuine badge holders and offenders will be prosecuted if caught.

"Regular checks are made on blue badges and their usage to ensure that they are not stolen, forged or being misused."

Both investigations were conducted by the Shared Anti-Fraud Service, which works in partnership with Broxbourne Borough Council to investigate and prosecute allegations of fraud against council services.

The Shared Anti-Fraud Service has identified fraud valued at more than £1.1m since April last year.

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